Amended in Senate June 26, 2013

Amended in Assembly May 6, 2013

Amended in Assembly March 19, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 514


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

February 20, 2013


An act to amend Section 234.5 of the Education Code, relating to school safety.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 514, as amended, Bonta. The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013.

Existing law establishes the Safe Place to Learn Act and, among other things, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post on his or her Internet Web site a list of statewide resources that provide support to youth who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, or bullying, and their families.

This bill, the Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013, wouldbegin insert insteadend insert require the Superintendent to postbegin insert that informationend insert on thebegin delete Superintendent’send deletebegin insert State Department of Education’send insert Internet Web sitebegin insert, and would also require the department’s Internet Web site to includeend insert a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at homebegin delete and at schoolend deletebegin insert, at school, and in the communityend insert. The bill would express various findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to school safety.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

This act shall be known as the Safe Schools for
2Safe Learning Act of 2013.

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SEC. 2.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert The Legislature finds and declares all of the
4following:

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5(a) Child safety should be a priority in our state, and we, as the
6state Legislature, should ensure that our children are kept safe from
7any form of violence, especially while children are in school.

8(b) Our children have the talent and capacity for greatness, if
9given the opportunity to thrive and grow in a healthy environment.

10(c) Unfortunately, violence has become a fact of life for many
11pupils in the 18th Assembly District and throughout the state. For
12example, Oakland suffered from 131 homicides in 2012. Many
13children suffer complications from growing up in a violent
14environment, including depression and post-traumatic stress
15disorder, which makes it more difficult to become an engaged and
16productive pupil at school.

17(d) Assembly Member Bonta has asked pupils to submit their
18responses to the question, “What would make you feel safer at
19school?” The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013 will be
20based on the winning response to that question.

21(e) We need to create safe and supportive school environments
22where each child is able to thrive. A school is not just a place for
23perfunctory instruction. It is also the place where a child learns
24about humanity, family, and community, free from violence and
25fear.

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26(1) Our children have the talent and capacity for greatness, if
27given the opportunity to thrive and grow in a healthy environment.

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28(2) Violence has become a fact of life for many children
29throughout the state, including living in communities with high
30rates of homicide.

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31(3) Many children suffer complications from growing up in a
32violent environment, including depression and post-traumatic
33stress disorder, which make it more difficult to become engaged
34and productive pupils at school.

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P3    1(4) A school is a place not only for perfunctory instruction but
2also a place where children learn about humanity, family, and
3community, free from violence and fear.

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4(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to make safety a priority
5and ensure that our children are kept safe from all forms of
6violence, especially while children are in school. It is further the
7intent of the Legislature to create safe and supportive school
8environments where each child is able to thrive.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 234.5 of the Education Code is amended to
10read:

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234.5.  

The Superintendent shall post, and annually update, on
12begin delete his or herend deletebegin insert the department’send insert Internet Web site and provide to each
13school district a list of statewide resources, including
14community-based organizations, that provide support to youth
15who have been subjected to school-based discrimination,
16harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and their families. The
17begin delete Superintendent’send deletebegin insert department’send insert Internet Web site shall also include
18a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by
19gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence
20at homebegin delete and at schoolend deletebegin insert, at school, and in the communityend insert.



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